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Radon Effects Framingham Massachusetts Real Estate Market

Radon Framingham Massachusetts Real EstateRadon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer deaths in the United States. It is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen or smelled and is caused by the natural break-down of trace deposits of uranium in the soil and rock. The Surgeon General of the United States reports that it is the second-highest cause of lung cancer in this country and accounts for 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

Even in Framingham, Massachusetts, radon levels can be high enough to be a concern. Surveys of radon tests have shown that the average radon level in one-family houses is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), the unit of measurement used to describe radon concentration. In Massachusetts, however, there is a band of counties running through the center of the state which has a higher concentration of the gas in houses. Framingham, in Middlesex County, is in the middle of this band and has an average concentration of 4.6 pCi/L. In fact, 29% of all houses tested in the Framingham area have radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L, a concentration that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers to be an “action level.” This is the level at which the EPA strongly recommends that a radon mitigation system be installed in a house.

Radon Can Enter Your Framingham Massachusetts Home In Varying Ways

There are many ways that radon can get into houses. It is not true that only houses with basements or crawl spaces are susceptible to radon; even houses built on solid concrete slabs can have high levels of radon. Small cracks, spaces left during construction for plumbing, wiring and ducts, even sump pump wells all allow access to the gas. It is also incorrect that you can tell if your house has high concentrations of radon based on your neighbor’s test results. Differences in house construction and even minor differences in soil and rock composition over just a few yards can make one house test at a much different level than the one next to it.

Radon-The Silent Killer

Since radon cannot be seen or smelled, the only way to find out what the radon level is in your house is to have it tested. We can perform a fast, accurate test that will give you important information you need to take action. Simply caulking or sealing your foundation or basement is not effective; the only way to lower the level of radon is to have a complete radon mitigation installed. We can design and build such a system in your house to help reduce radon. This will not only protect the health of your family, but provides a good selling point if you decide to put your house on the market in the future. As an added benefit, radon mitigation systems also help reduce the presence of mildew and molds in your house. Safeguard your family’s health and protect your financial investment in your house. Test for radon.